World_Bank_logo12 January 2010, Kyiv – World Bank Country Office in Ukraine launched Media Contest on Countering Corruption for Regional Print and Internet Press in Ukraine to raise public awareness and deliver objective and impartial information about corruption and methods of countering this phenomenon, and show concrete positive results of countering corruption by the ordinary citizens.World_Bank_logo12 January 2010, Kyiv – World Bank Country Office in Ukraine launched Media Contest on Countering Corruption for Regional Print and Internet Press in Ukraine to raise public awareness and deliver objective and impartial information about corruption and methods of countering this phenomenon, and show concrete positive results of countering corruption by the ordinary citizens. World_Bank_logo12 January 2010, Kyiv – World Bank Country Office in Ukraine launched Media Contest on Countering Corruption for Regional Print and Internet Press in Ukraine to raise public awareness and deliver objective and impartial information about corruption and methods of countering this phenomenon, and show concrete positive results of countering corruption by the ordinary citizens.

Mass media has been recognized by the World Bank as an important ingredient in generating understanding of and demand for reforms. Moreover, it has a critical role to play in exerting leverage over tackling governance and corruption problems by increasing accountability of public institutions at all levels. This last point – improving quality of governance and reducing corruption – has been consistently seen as a key development challenge facing Ukraine. Increasing the demand for good governance is one of the most important entry points that the World Bank has to work toward improving governance in Ukraine.

The Media Contest, conducted by the World Bank Country Office in Ukraine, aims to raise public awareness and deliver objective and impartial information about corruption and methods of countering this phenomenon, and show concrete positive results of countering corruption by the ordinary citizens.

The Contest focuses on countering corruption and improving governance through enhancing the role of the media and civil society in improving service provision and government accountability in particular. Inside this broader area, the Contest concentrates on supporting media activities, showing positive results of countering corruption by the ordinary citizens in health and communal services. Ukraine has been consistently ranking poorly on the public perceptions of the quality of health and communal services.

The Contest jury will review journalistic materials covering corruption in Ukraine published in regional print and Internet press between January 12, 2011 and March12, 2011 in the following nominations:

«Best publications on countering corruption in regional print and Internet press in Ukraine» in four regions of Ukraine:

Western (Zakarpatska, Ivano-Frankivska, Chernivetska, Lvivska, Volynska, Rivnenska, Ternopilska, Khmelnytska oblasts);

Southern (Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Sevastopol, Khersonska, Mykolayivska, Odeska, Kirovohradska oblasts);

Northern (Sumska, Chernihivska, Poltavska, Cherkaska, Kyivska, Zhytomyrska, Vinnytska oblasts);

Eastern (Luhanska, Donetska, Kharkivska, Zaporizka, Dnipropetrovska oblasts).

Jury will evaluate publications according to the following criteria:

  • Positive experience in solving corruption problem, concrete examples
  • Complete coverage of the topic
  • Stile of publication
  • Facts rather than author’s deliberations

Main stages of the contest:

§ Announcement of the Contest – January 12, 2011

§ Deadline for submission of materials – March 12, 2010.

§ Jury assessment of published materials – March-April 2011

§ Award Ceremony for the winners in Kyiv – mid-April, 2011.

Please submit your materials not later than March12, 2011 by email to the following address: ukraine@worldbank.org, attn: Media Contest

Please also send brief information about yourself and contacts.